In addition to improving the accessibility of campus, the West Quad plays a crucial role in our ongoing effort to keep pace with the evolution of teaching and learning — a Kenyon 2020 strategic priority. A state-of-the-art library (“Kenyon Commons”) will be a hub for undergraduate research, experiential learning, and academic and career advising. An interdisciplinary academic building will provide accessible space for history, sociology, political science and anthropology and facilitate curricular collaborations. A new home for admissions and financial aid will provide a welcome entry for visitors, while underground parking will reclaim green space.
Yes, approximately 60 trees will be removed across the 4.5-acre site. The majority of trees are young or middle-aged landscaping trees planted after the construction of Horvitz Hall and Gund Gallery. Among the mature trees slated for removal are several close to Sunset Cottage, which will be cut to help protect and preserve the building during the construction. The College takes great care to manage the impact of construction, with a goal of planting two trees for every one removed from the grounds. Visit the website to learn more about Kenyon’s tree-care plan and other sustainability efforts.
The College will preserve historic Sunset Cottage in its present location while construction of the West Quad occurs. Originally a private residence, the building began being used by the English Department in 1978. A use for Sunset after the completion of the West Quad has not been determined.
Site preparation for the new library began in June 2018 and construction is expected to be complete in summer 2020. The other facilities are expected to be complete a year later.